I am an Assistant Professor of Labor & Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University and a Faculty Affiliate in Latin American Studies and the Center for Global Workers' Rights. I was recently featured as an Early Career Scholar by the American Sociological Association's Organizations, Occupations and Work Section.
I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, and my dissertation, Domesticated Democracy? Labor Rights at Home in New York City and Lima, received the Honorable Mention in the Labor and Employment Relations Association's 2018 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award Competition. Other recent work won the Cheryl Allen Miller Paper Award from Sociologists for Women in Society, the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award from the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the ASA.
I ask, what are the limits of law as an effective instrument in regulating relations of labor inside households? Drawing from 10 months of ethnography in Lima and 8 months in New York City, 120 in-depth interviews, legislative transcripts, and demographic survey data, I examine the consequences of landmark labor protections for domestic workers—predominantly immigrant and indigenous women of color—in two large urban centers of migration with recently enacted law. My dissertation reveals how the industry’s historic roots in colonial and racialized relations shape its legal regulation and thus reproduce those inequalities in practice inside of the home.
At Berkeley, I was a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. I have a Master of Science in Labor Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where my thesis won the Outstanding Feminist Scholarship Award.
At the CGWR at Penn State, we recently hosted our seventh annual symposium, "Labor Informality in Comparative Perspective: Toward a More Just Future for Workers," welcoming scholars and practitioners from across the U.S., Brazil, and India. The full program and more information on our speakers can be found here.
I learned valuable mentorship skills as a Berkeley Connect in Sociology Fellow for two years and also served on the Berkeley Connect Graduate Advisory Board. Currently, I am the Secretary/Treasurer of the Labor Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, and the recipient of several external fellowships, including the American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, the Inter-American Foundation’s Grassroots Development Fellowship (IIE), and the Mellon Latin American Sociology Fellowship. I am also part of UCLA's Experiences Organizing Informal Workers research team, and a member of the Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights.
My published work appears in Sage's The Social Life of Gender: From Analysis to Critique, The Sociology of Work, Social Development Issues, Doméstica: Housemaids, and Critical Cities, and is forthcoming in Oxford's Youth, Jobs and the Future: Problems and Prospects. Additional research is under review.